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Stephen Lawrence Murder Trial Days 7 And 8: The Police Have 15 Days To Account For

by | 24th, November 2011

STEPHEN LAWRENCE MURDER TRIAL Days 7 and 8: The police failed and failed and failed.

Adrian Wain in charge of the first two examinations of the victim’s and suspects’ clothing. He spotted neither the very small fibres nor the 0.5mm by 0.25mm speck of blood found on Norris and Dobson’s clothing. Both were identified in 2008 by a science firm called LGC Forensics.

Prosecutors say this proves Dobson and Norris were at the scene of Lawrence’s murder. The defence lawyers say cross-contamination caused the evidence to be there.

Why did Mr Wain not see the evidence found on the two men’s clothing? He says:

“I wouldn’t have found it because I didn’t look for it.”

It was too small. The science was not advanced enough to deal with it. The matter would have had to have been 3mm by 3mm square. Mr Wain adds:

“The size of the stain we could deal with at that time was far in excess of what we could deal with now.”

On the subject of evidence being stored in paper bags, he wrote to police officers in July 2001:

“I was aware that items had been in and out of the laboratory. I didn’t have control of them outside the laboratory. I didn’t know whether they’d been in the same location outside the laboratory. I knew that the packaging was deteriorating, I knew that the seals were deteriorating. I had concerns about contamination.”

Says Timothy Roberts QC, for Dobson, reads part of a police report written by Detective Chief Superintendent Barry Webb in 1999:

“The original Sellotape seals used when the items were seized in 1993 have become so inefficient that in Adrian Wain’s view in the event of alien blood cells being found on the suspects’ clothing in any subsequent examination he would be unable to rule out the possibility of contamination having occurred at the point of storage.”

Why didn’t Mr Wain examine the suspects’ clothes for fibres from Mr Lawrence’s clothing?

“Given that there was this two-week gap between the offence and the seizure of the clothes, I was reluctant to do the transfer of fibres from Stephen Lawrence on to the suspects. That, and with the fact that I understood the attack was brief and contact was minimal.”

Fifteen days after the black man died the police seized the suspects’ clothes.

The police are in the dock.

Mr Wain was assisted by Yvonne Turner, a forensic science assistant,. She made an error. The Guardian sums up:

“She put the wrong case number on a jacket belonging to Gary Dobson… She went on to wrongly record that no tapings of fibres had been taken from the jacket a yellow and grey bomber jacket and a cardigan belonging to Dobson…

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